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September 16, 2008

"It's not about Alaska anymore"

The DSCC is seeking to undermine indicted GOP Sen. Ted Stevens’ reputation as a vigorous fighter for Alaskan interests in its first ad in the Alaska Senate campaign.

The ad only briefly references Stevens’ indictment on filing false financial disclosures, but then details how Stevens secured $100 million for groups that hired his ethically-tainted son, Ben Stevens, as a lobbyist.

“Stevens once used his power for Alaska, but now he uses his power for himself,” the ad says. “Ted Stevens: It’s not about Alaska anymore.”

The ad goes after Stevens’ trump card in the Senate race against Democrat Mark Begich – his clout in Washington. Despite his indictment and pending trial, he has gained traction in polls by reminding voters of his seniority and ability to deliver federal funds back home.

But if a growing number of Alaska voters feel that "Uncle Ted" is not as effective as he once was, it will be very hard for him to win re-election, particularly with a potential conviction hanging over his head.